Is it a learning disability, or could it be one of a number of children vision disorders?
It’s that time of year again. Summer is almost over and the new school year quickly approaches. You’ve printed out those extensive Back to School Supply Lists and begun to equip your children with notebooks, highlighters, pencil boxes, #2 pencils, crayons, and dry-erase markers, but have you equipped them with healthy vision? A child’s vision and learning capability are more closely related than you think. When children are having difficulty learning in school, their vision is often a factor.
Children Vision Disorders Disguised as Learning Disability
Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are often diagnosed and corrected with a visit to the optometrist and a pair of glasses, but these are not the only visual irregularities that can effect a child’s learning capability. There are other common eye issues that require a visit to an ophthalmologist that occur within a child’s eye muscles.
When a child is having difficulty paying attention in school, or their grades start slipping, parents have trouble identifying if the change is from a behavioral issue, attention deficit disorder, learning disability or if the child isn’t paying attention because they have a visual disorder. For children, if they’ve grow up with focus and alignment issues (like amblyopia, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, etc…) they will typically assume that their eyesight is normal because they have known nothing different.
What to Look For
Symptoms of vision problems that could be impacting your child’s learning include:
- Headaches or eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Crossed eyes or eyes that appear to move independently of each other (Strabismus)
- Short attention span during visual tasks
- Excessive blinking
- Losing place while reading
- Poor reading comprehension
- Omitting or repeating words
- Poor eye-hand coordination
Back to School Eye Exams
Parents are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of guaranteeing their children’s visual health in order to ensure they have the most opportunities at learning. The eye doctors of Corrective Eye Center perform comprehensive eye exams for your children to detect if their vision is optimal for another year of effective learning. For example, strabismus is a common eye disorder in children, where the eye muscles unintentionally move independently of one another (also known as crossed eyes or a lazy eye). Our eye specialists are some of the most experienced in Ohio in performing eye muscle surgery to strengthen weakened eye muscles, fix irregular growth, and reposition eye muscles.
With the new school year approaching, it is better to be safe than sorry. Get your children an eye exam today and equip them with the best possible learning experience by making sure they start the school year with healthy vision. Not just for this year, but assure your child’s growth every year with an annual comprehensive eye exam at Corrective Eye Center. Concerned about children vision disorders? Schedule an appointment today or contact us with any questions at 216-574-8900, or on our website.